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  1. Fathom FTH25NLDLH [single speed], and FTH25NLD2LH [2-speed] both available now.
  2. One small tip when doing casting practice. Its certainly better to practice "on the water", but if that is not possible, be sure to carry a spray bottle of water to wet down your line thoroughly before each and every heave.
  3. In the current PENN catalogue, the 113H2SP [special purpose] is designed specifically for wire line trolling.
  4. Its 9:45 PM here in California, which means its well past Midnight where you all [and Tony] are, and a weekend to boot. It so happens I am taking a [short] break from prepping for a 6-day San Diego long-range trip onboard the Shogun, heading for Guadalupe Island. I am sure that Tony will chime in on Monday; I'll send him a note to take a look here.
  5. Almost a disadvantage to have "prescription strength". With the 12.5 size, you have total dose flexibility that you can gauge pretty easily if you are sensitive to just "how sick" you get under varying sea conditions. Taking two of the 12.5 size is equal to one Bonine [how many gr. in the prescription strength?]. The 12.5 are also very inexpensive.
  6. Lucky angler Kevin Curtis [lower left] landed this massive 360.4 pound "Super Cow" yellowfin tuna aboard the Intrepid out of San Diego, on the new PENN International 16VISX reel
  7. Unless its a state thing, Meclizene is non-prescription. At least in California it is. You can buy it in 12.5 or 25 mg dosage; pretty inexpensive if you buy the generic. Bonine is just the 25 mg with some flavoring added to make it more chewable. I like the 12.5, because I can take a light dose and not get too drowsy, but if the seas come up, I can take another one, or even two.
  8. Wes from Ken's Custom Reels in Oceanside, CA bested this beautiful 140 pound yellowfin tuna on his PENN International 16VISX while fishing at Guadalupe Island. American Angler crewman Rocco [R] does the heavy lifting.
  9. Sounds like you are in Hawaii, there are several devices sold in tackle shops there to solve the problem of landing really big fish that are down at the bottom of a cliff.
  10. Hi Joe, First let me say that I don't have a 10500, so have only used one a handful of times. However, I have fished off piers quite a bit, mostly with 6500-7500 size reels [including Spinfishers]. With those reel sizes, any fish bigger than 3-4 pounds or so is handlined up through the 20-30 feet of air, and bigger fish of 10 pounds or more call for a hoop-net or pier gaff. Although the 10500 is a beefy reel, it is a relatively fast 42 Inches-per-turn, meaning cranking dead weight straight up into the air will be something of a challenge. With fish under 10 pounds off piers [cliffs may not permit this motion], in some cases you can reach your rod over the railing and point it straight down at the fish, then crank the fish a foot or two out of the water, and then in a sweeping motion, swing the fish up and over the rail [takes a bit of practice], but simply holding the rod normally and cranking the fish right up would probably be extremely difficult even with a big reel like yours.
  11. Hi Mike, Of course without being able to hold the reels it is hard to say anything definitively. From your description, it may simply be that the store displays had been cranked a lot and had loosened up some; the way to check might be to compare yours with another one from the store's stock that was also new in the box. I am sure that Tony [who also answers here at SOL] would be happy to take a look for you, but that would require you to send them in to the service department. Steve
  12. For the most part, I like to let threads such as this one just run, some pretty cool stuff comes up from time to time. I fished with Carl Newell extensively during the development of the reels, usually a 4 day summer trip, and a 10 day fall trip out of San Diego onboard the Qualifier 105 every year from 1976-1983. He was indeed an inventive genius. During the "anchovy era" [through about 1990], even the lightest aluminum spools were limiting, so Carl started making graphite spools, which were particularly popular in 220's and 229's. I can only imagine that those graphite spools are indeed pretty incompatible with Gel-Spun Poly lines, not to mention that the graphite flanges burn the heck out of your thumb. During the TRQ star Gen2 development period [2009-10], weight reduction was the operative word throughout. The Gen1's were great mechanically, but just too heavy for their line capacities. It was not thought at that time that the reels would be too popular for surfcasting, as most such attention was on the 525MAG/SQL15, and even an extra ounce was deemed too much for TRQ's. That said, the TRQ's are excellent casters for virtually any boat-based casting duties, though their speed may be a bit much for what "surf launchers" want and need. It may be a few years in the future, but assuming you could have only one [or two] sizes with a mag cast control, what would they be? a 15 and 30? or maybe a wild card size that does not currently exist, just for the Hawaiian users, maybe a "wide 4/0"?
  13. Launching an "8-n-bait" off the beach may be difficult without some kind of cast control. However, for just about everything else, they cast just fine; from tiny weightless live anchovies with the little 15 size, to 5-ounce tuna/yellowtail jigs with the 40N, they cast easily and well. The Hawaiians do a pretty good "launching" with the 60 size off cliffs. The lever drag versions still don't cast QUITE as good as a star drag, but pretty close, and of course you have the fish fighting advantage of a lever drag, or even 2-speed capability if you need it.
  14. All of the star drag "non-levelwind" models have it, but the lever drags and levelwind star drags do not.